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A story in the New York Times reports that as biofuels made from crops have caused food prices to rise, alternative means of creating biofuels are being encouraged -- but with caveats. Biofuels derived from weeds or grass, for example, "are what scientists label invasive species ... that have an extraordinarily high potential to escape biofuel plantations, overrun adjacent farms and natural land, and create economic and ecological havoc in the process," the story says.

No offense to JGI, but what ever happened to good old solar power?

 

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.